Celebrate Bread and Baking month this September with these short walks all with nearby coffee shops serving up some of the best home baking Northern Ireland has to offer!
Walk: Blessingbourne Woodland Walk, Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone – 2.5 miles
This historic 550 acre country estate in the heart of the picturesque Clogher Valley offers walking and mountain bike trails alongside its working farm. Meander through a mix of woodland and open farmland before crossing the main drive at the house to reach Blessingbourne’s beautiful Lough Fadda.
Treat: The Pit Stop café is a purpose built cabin on Blessingbourne Estate (open Saturdays & Sundays) with Toffee Apple Crumble and chocolate brownies normally just fresh out of the oven.
Walk: Victoria Park, Belfast, Co. Antrim – 1 mile
An oasis of wildlife in the city with views of the famous Harland and Wolff cranes. Smell the roses and walk alongside the lake. Originally used for boating, today it is home to a range of water birds such as swans, geese, ducks, herons and migrant waders.
Treat: The nearby Belmont Road is packed with a mouth-watering selection of coffee shops. Olivers, No. 36 or Canteen all serve up delicious cakes and great coffee.
Walk: Castlerock, Co. Derry~Londonderry – 1-2 miles
A small mixed woodland of 83 hectares, the forest was originally part of the estate of Frederick Hervey, the 4th Earl of Bristol and Bishop of Derry. View one of Northern Irelands fattest Sitka spruce, an Early Christian Promontory Fort and an old water powered sawmill at the small lake in the middle of this woodland.
Treat: Situated in the heart of Downhill Forest, opposite the Lions Gate and Mussenden Temple you’ll struggle to know which tray bake to choose at Pretty Crafty Design Studio and Tearoom!
Walk: Heritage Railway Path, Portballintrae, Co. Antrim – 1.5 miles
This short walk follows the line of the former Giant’s Causeway Tramway taking in stunning coastal scenery against the backdrop of the River Bush, Runkerry Strand, the Giant’s Causeway and Bushmills Heritage Railway.
Treat: A short drive up the road to Portrush, the unique Babushka Kitchen Café situated right on the pier for unbeatable views serve speciality coffee from various roasters as well as cakes that look almost too good to eat!
Walk: Orlock Point, Donaghadee, Co. Down – 3 miles
An area steeped in archaeology and history, with evidence of Vikings, smugglers and World War II defences, this coastal walk boasts stunning views of the Copeland Islands and across the Irish Sea towards Scotland. Interestingly Orlock Point was one of only a small number of army defences where women were employed in operational roles during the war.
Treat: A short drive along the coast, A little Slice of Heaven Dessert Café serve many scrumptious delights – their Afternoon Tea a must!
Walk: Cloughmore Stone, Rostrevor, Co. Down – 2.5 miles
Set in Kilbroney park, this short but steep uphill walk will reward you with spectacular views across Rostrevor forest. Once at the top you cannot miss the ‘Big Stone’ (Cloc Mor), local legend tells that this giant 30 tonne granite stone was tossed across Carlingford Lough from the Cooley Mountains during a fight between the legendary Irish giant Finn McCool and his archrival Ruscaire.
Treat: The Old School House Cafe offers a cosy, relaxed & tasty environment to devour your favorite goodies. Homemade Bakewell Tart anyone?
Walk: Castle Coole, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, 1+ miles
A National Trust estate surrounded by 700 acres of stunning parkland and extensive woodland sloping down to Lough Coole there are plenty of gentle walks to choose from. The estate also features a magnificent 18th Century mansion house, one of Ireland’s finest Neo-classical houses.
Treat: Whether you’re looking for a relaxing cup of coffee, a scrumptious homemade cake or a light lunch, Castle Coole Tea Room has plenty to offer.
Discover more about Northern Ireland’s bread and baking traditions this September by planning your next getaway. Visit discovernorthernireland.com and book your short break today.